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Curtain at Eight


Published 1933
Topics Mystery


An elderly detective (C. Aubrey Smith) sets out to find who murdered a stage actor.


Run time 60 min.
Producer Phil Goldstone
Production Company Majestic Pictures
Audio/Visual sound, black & white
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Reviewer: billbarstad - - May 23, 2011
Subject: Not Bad
At the center of this whodunit is stage star Wylie Thornton, married but with several lovers. One is rich Doris Manning, whom Thornton plans to take with him to New York to costar in his new play. Another is cast member Anice Cresmer, who after hearing of this becomes distraught and kills herself. He's murdered, and there's no shortage of suspects. They include a jealous wife, jealous lovers, men who care about those lovers and a chimp. Only one person stands out though. That person isn't jealous, and isn't on headline hunting police captain and buffoon Marty Gallagher's radar. Gallagher arrests two good suspects, but it's up to methodical detective Jim Hanvey to solve the case, and when he does, well I won't spoil the surprise.

There is some good dialog, but not enough. Some good acting and the antics of the chimp saved this from the boring pile. There's a lot of nothing new in it. Another movie I enjoyed much more is Jim Hanvey, Detective with a detective of the same name as the good one in this movie. Makes me wonder.

I downloaded the 699MB AVI file. The video was quite soft, making it hard to watch. The audio was Ok.
Reviewer: splue - - May 23, 2011
Subject: what a grt time 2 live
jus saying
Reviewer: picfixer - - May 23, 2011
Subject: Backstage monkey business
A conscienceless lothario gets it, and the result is another showbiz who-done-it with a host of suspects, including a chimp who significantly out-acts several cast members. The plot is complex for a one-hour mystery, and keeping track of who did what will keep you on your toes. This is an okay quickie with a mostly good cast and an unusual conclusion. My one problem with it is the miscasting of C. Aubrey Smith as the slow-moving hayseed of a detective Jim Hanvey, though fine actor that he was, he managed to pull it off. An entertaining second feature. Worn but watchable print.
Reviewer: porterville - - May 22, 2011
Subject: Dorothy Mackaill Does Well In "Curtain at Eight"
Dorothy Mackaill does very well in this movie from the early 1930's. She is one of the few who are in the first half of the film and then in the final scene. Paul Cavanagh is in the first half of the film, giving a good performance as a stage actor. C Aubrey Smith, in the part of a detective, and Sam Hardy, in the role of the captain of detectives, appear half way through this 60 minute film. Many suspects have to be investigated to find the killer.
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